lincoln
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Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:52 am

Hi All,

A business function will have me in the New York area (Rockleigh, NJ) right after Thanksgiving. Since I'll be within spitting distance of what has been referred to as the "Center of the Universe" I'm planning on taking a few days of vacation after the engagement and exploring the city. (Right now the trip is Nov 28-Dec 5, and my "free time" is December 2-5...but that's somewhat flexable).

I'm completelty overwhelmed just by the number of "touristy" things to do. I know a lot of A.netters are from the NY-area, and was wondering if anyone has suggestions for places a little bit further off the (tourist) beaten path...things to do, places to eat etc., etc.

I'm a big art+culture fan, so I'm certainly planning on Broadway and a musuem or two, but beyond that I have no idea what I'm going to do (not that that's a bad thing  Smile )

I'd also appreciate any general advice on getting around, do's and don'ts, etc.

I'm also curious if anyone has any thoughts about Affinia Hotels in NYC.

Thanks!

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Frontiercpt
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:57 am

Definitely hit the Golden Gate Bridge...heard its awesome  Wink
 
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:24 pm

LOL. Golden Gate Bridge. You could always go search the trip report section for my first time to NYC. I posted it back on October 18th or 19th of this year. Titled WN SAN-LAS-ISP-BWI-SAN. I may be able to help more if you got questions.
 
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:39 pm

I'd definitely hit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I also liked the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The NBC tour was a rip-off. The Rockefeller Center observation deck was just as good as Empire State Building, without the lines. For food, my favorite was Katz's Deli in the East Village, or anywhere around Little Italy. Both were definitely touristy, but that's what you are! Coming from Seattle where it seems that just about every restaurant seems to be some sort of a yuppie-Asian restaurant these days, it was refreshing to have good old American style comfort food at all the Diners and Deli's in New York.

Honestly, I didn't care much for NYC the one time I visited. I will say that once you get out of Midtown, some of the neighborhoods are pretty cool. I absolutely hated Times Square and most of midtown, so I'd suggest going to this area only for a limited amount of time, and try to spend more of your time in the neighborhoods.

The subway was fast and easy; I'd recommend using it as your transportation mode unless you're going somewhere that it doesn't.
 
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:43 pm

If you want to get a good tour of the city take one of those double-decker busses that goes all over the place. They have indoor seats so it will be comfortable and you can get off whenever you see something you like, check it out, and then hop back on.

I did that this summer and for less than 40 bucks I toured all of Manhattan, got the Circle Line ferry around Manhattan, and had free entry into a few museums.

The NBC studio tour is pretty cool if you're into that. You can see where they film the Today Show, Letterman, Conan, and SNL.

Oh, and don't bother going to the international center of photography... its totally not worth it.
 
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:53 pm

I'd say leave your first day open and just wonder around the city. Then, maybe you should invest in a Frommer's guide and just look through that to decide what to do the next two days.

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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:01 pm

Last year, just prior to Christmas, I was driving thru NYC on a Sunday night while heading to FL for winter...since traffic was so light, I went downtown for the first time...normally just take I-95 right thru GW Bridge so never see much...parked near the Museum of Modern Arts and walked down to Rockefeller Center to see the tree...and then down to Times Square...that was the extent of my travels, but I was happy to see just these two areas as people were in a festive holiday mood...given that both are known for lights, seeing them after dark was more fun!
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:18 pm

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
I'm a big art+culture fan

I'd definitely visit the Met then. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

If you're into Broadway shows, you can buy tickets at about 50% discount by going to a ticket counter on Broadway and around 40th street on the day of the show.

Most people do not know this, but many museums in NYC eventhough show admission prices by ticket counters, take donations instead. In otehr words, you pay what you want to pay. You just need to ask the cashier if they have that policy in place to make sure.

You may also consider NY City Pass to save on admission or take a double decker tour bus. But it will probably be cold at that time so I don't know if that idea is as good in December.

E-mail me if you want more details about NYC and I'll answer your questions.

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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:23 pm

Ellis Island is a cool place. Last time I was in NYC it was Ellis + Liberty + Windows. Unfortunately, 2 of those you can't experience  Sad
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:32 pm

I've only been there once as well, but it was a great time. Ended up doing a lot of walking: from the PANY/NJ Bus Terminal up to 76th and then from there down to Canal, with a stop at an amazing steak place just around the corner from Letterman's theater. It's about a half block off Broadway and Spamalot was playing in a theater on the block, Gallagher's Steak House. Damn good food, but it's pretty darn expensive.

Anyway, the Courtyard in Lyndhurst, NJ actually has some pretty good views of the Manhattan skyline. I was in meetings for most of the time I was up there, but waking up with the windows open and the sun rising over lower Manhattan was absolutely amazing! To top it all off, my driver knew where a Dunkin' Donuts was located on the way back to EWR early in the morning  Silly

Have a blast! I'll probably be there for a day around the same time.

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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:40 pm

A museum that is somewhat off the beaten track is The Cloisters in
uptown Manhattan. It's affiliated with the Metropolitan Museum and
specializes in medieval European art.

It's located in Fort Tryon Park, about 3/4 mile north of the George
Washington Bridge. From midtown, take the number 4 bus which
stops outside the door. You can also take the A train to the 190th
street station. If you take the train, take the elevator up to Fort
Washington Ave and walk a few blocks thru the park.

You can get info about their collection on the metmuseum.org website.






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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:21 pm

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 3):
Honestly, I didn't care much for NYC the one time I visited. I will say that once you get out of Midtown, some of the neighborhoods are pretty cool. I absolutely hated Times Square and most of midtown, so I'd suggest going to this area only for a limited amount of time, and try to spend more of your time in the neighborhoods.

Amen. I have been to most of the major cities in the US and was not thrilled with NYC. And yes do not spend much time in TimesSquare.

I would go see the Museum of Natural History and Central Park though.
 
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:31 pm

Rockleigh, huh? That's about 15-20 minutes away from my house. The town is super tiny, and there aren't too many people who live there - it's basically one big, suburban corporate park.

Just out of curiosity, where are you staying in the area?
 
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:54 pm

Go to Cony Island. On your way, get off (the Q or F train) at an arbitrary stop and get lost. I'm not kidding. I spent 3 hours walking around Brooklyn, and it was one of the greatest things I ever did for myself.

You want to have real fun in NYC? Get on the subway stop paying attention. Get off somewhere and enjoy it  Smile

Central Park is a must though.

I also suggest avoiding "sit-down" restaurants. Where ever you eat, it better be family owned, and the owner should be on the premises (sans for times when he/she is not expected).

Lastly, there is this great chicken and rice place near the Hilton in Midtown. At around midnight, go to that Hilton, and look for the corner with the line half a block down. Trust me, best $5-7 you will ever spend. Ever.
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lincoln
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RE: Visiting NYC For The First Time--Suggestions

Tue Nov 07, 2006 3:00 pm

Wow... Thanks for all of the replies so far; I appreciate the info and insight.

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 12):
Just out of curiosity, where are you staying in the area?

For the business portion of the trip I'll be at the Comfort Inn in Nanuet-- the company I'm visiting has a significant presence on Volvo Drive. (And all this time I thought they were just in a industrial-parkish-part of Rockleigh...I didn't realize that that WAS Rockleigh  Wink [Guilty admission: I've been there twice before, but never had time to "explore" anything past hotel room]

For the pleasure portion of the trip, I don't know yet. If things fall into place (crosses fingers) I'll be at one of the Affinia properties in the city...either that or I'll cash in some Hilton HHonors points

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